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3 Community Resources to Help Seniors Remain at Home

By: Clare Absher RN, BSN

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Are there senior resources in your parent's community to help them remain at home? If so, you may be wondering what they are, how do you pay for them, and when can they start. Senior resources vary a lot from one area to another and while some are locally funded, others are state and federally subsidized. Many senior's limited budget renders in-home care unaffordable, hence it is key to explore all possible channels of aide that are available to your parents. Your folks might be lucky enough to have organizations in their town that supply reasonably priced in-home caregivers, deliver economical meals, and provide essential transportation. Explore what's out there to support your aging parents through accessing a few of the following practical avenues.

Social Services Department

Health & Social Services Dept.

Try calling your local health / social services department when family budgets are limited to learn more about accessing financial help with caregiving. County health and social services departments are sometimes tasked with actual staffing of in-home caregivers and homemakers. More often county social workers provide families counseling and support groups, training, and respite care to give family caregivers a break. The government subsidized "Family Caregiver Support Program" in some areas allows for compensation to family caregivers to care for loved ones in their own homes.

Check our U.S. Department of Health / Senior Services contact list.

Area Agencies on Aging

Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

Services provided using national Administration on Aging funds include, but are not limited to transportation, adult day care, caregiver supports and health promotion programs. Your local Area Agencies on Aging oversee and coordinate these community services targeted to assist seniors to live with dignity and choices in their homes. Additional senior services that AAA supports are Meals on Wheels for home-delivered meals and in home homemaker/chore service helpers.

Contact your knowledgeable local Area Agency on Aging for possible referrals to some of these useful services.

Senior Centers

Senior Centers

Senior centers are another useful local resource to turn to as many provide volunteers to assist families with transportation to doctor appointments and home meal delivery. Many also sponsor affordable adult day care programs that offer supervision along with social activities that give respite to busy family caregivers.

Community health and social service departments, your local Area Agencies on Aging and senior centers make up a powerful aging network for home care assistance. Other communities offer senior services through active church groups and local fraternal service organizations.